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Art Resource Focus 2024

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Our Resource Focus articles are a series written by some of the top art professionals in charge of visual art non-profits in the San Diego region. These organization have survived and even thrived during the COVID Pandemic. We asked them to report on the their current position and their future visions for thier organizations. Watch this space and Join our mailing list. for our eblast announcements of new articles added.

Art Resource Focus 2024

Institute of Contemporary Art by Jordan Karney Chaim
Synergy Arts Foundation by Naomi Nussbaum
The Studio Door Unleashed by Patric Stillman

Institute of Contemporary Art by Jordan Karney Chaim


Nathelie Miebach, The Burden of Every Drop (2018). Wood, paper, rope, data. 17 x 10 x 1 feet. Courtesy of the artist.

For its 2024 season, ICA San Diego celebrates the region as a hub of boundary-pushing innovation in both art and the life sciences. Since the establishment of several pioneering research institutes in the mid-20 th-century, including the Salk Institute and University of California San Diego (UCSD), the region has continued to attract creative thinkers drawn to its particular blend of opportunity, entrepreneurial spirit, and unbeatable weather. Interface, the collective title for the four exhibitions that will anchor our year of programming, invites audiences to consider how art can mediate, translate, and expand the relationship between humans and the science of everyday life. 

In addition to ICA San Diego’s annual NextGen exhibition celebrating local emerging talent, the Interface season will consist of six exhibitions spread over ICA’s two campuses in Balboa Park and Encinitas. As always, admission to the museum is free and ICA hosts free monthly public C You Saturday! events with special access to artist talks, exhibition tours, food and music.

Rather than searching for points of intersection between art and the life sciences, the exhibitions that define Interface offer an opportunity for continuous exchange. The Winter/Spring exhibitions by Turkish-born, San-Diego based artist Dr.Pinar Yoldas (ICA Central)and the Danish art collective SUPERFLEX (ICA North) engage in conversations about where the human ends and the non-human begins. The artists’ various projects consider how we might build the future in collaboration with other species and imagine a world beyond the Anthropocene. 

The second half of the season offers solo exhibitions by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Nathalie Miebach, Manuel Alejandro Rodríguez-Delgado, and Melissa Walter. For her presentation at ICA North, San Diego-based Walter will interpret the evolution of DNA-identification technology and its influence on the criminal justice system through works on paper and experimental animation. Walter’s exhibition will be accompanied by Rodríguez-Delgado’s first solo museum presentation in the continental US. Through his experimental sculpture, Rodríguez-Delgado assesses the techno-optimism of 1980s America by creating mobile survival systems to navigate the future challenges facing our planet. 

In Balboa Park, the ICA Central mezzanine will be the site of celebrated Mexican-Canadian artist Lozano-Hemmer’s interactive installation, Remote Pulse (2019), which will connect museum visitors to their counterparts at  the Centro Cultural Tijuana via the sensation of a virtual pulse. An exhibition by Boston-based Miebach will occupy the gallery space and will include woven sculptures and wall installations based on scientific data. Using meteorological, observational, and anecdotal information, Miebach has devised her own visual language to foreground the human relationship to data in her meticulously researched practice.


Synergy Arts Foundation by Naomi Nussbaum

The local Synergy Arts Foundation (SAF), is currently assisting Cadium Art Center in Kharkov, Ukraine. Since the children of Kharkov are not able to attend public school, Daria Kilochko, the Founder of the school, has created this center as a safe and creative place for 55-80 children.  Their fathers are separated from their families and since the war began, these children have lived in bomb shelters and subways.  Some of them were under occupation and miraculously survived.  Kharkov continues to be bombed.  Air raid alerts can happen as often as 10 times per day.  Under these extreme circumstances Daria has created an amazing arts program for these children.

This project aligns with the SAF mission - to support and nurture artists and arts organizations of all disciplines by offering emergency financial grants in times of crisis as well as viable opportunities and resources. We pioneer programs in arts education for under-served, at-risk populations, including arts for healing, community arts, and specific international and national art projects recovering from disasters. 

Internationally, we have worked with Aids orphans in Zimbabwe, several orphanages in Baja Norte, Mexico, We raised funds for artists impacted by the earthquakes in Haiti and Peru, the hurricanes in New Orleans and Puerto Rico and now in Ukraine. 

Through our Arts for Healing projects, we have provided brain-injured patients from Scripps Encinitas with a safe and creative place to express themselves and create comradery. We also offer virtual classes to people in the community recovering from brain injuries, cancer, Parkinsons. We have executed projects with Lifeline, Oceanside, Wives of Warriors (Vet wives), and foster children based at San Pasqual Academy, Escondido, battered women at Vista Hill, San Diego.

Founded in 2003, Synergy is a 501c3 organization entirely supported by volunteers, all artists who care about our fellow artists and arts organizations. The grants are open to professional artists who have resided in San Diego for a minimum of two years. Each application is evaluated by the board and, if approved, funds are usually received by the applicant within a week. Arts organizations are eligible as well. We often receive proposals for interesting arts projects to which we may choose to support.



Studio Door

The Studio Door Unleashed - Celebrating a decade of service with a wave of innovative initiatives for 2024.

As The Studio Door prepares to mark a significant milestone – its 10th anniversary – the gallery stands as a testament to the transformative power of art and the unwavering dedication of its founder, Patric Stillman. Since its establishment in 2014, The Studio Door has not merely been a space for art; it has become a dynamic force shaping the narrative of San Diego's art scene. Guided by a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and the practical support of artists, The Studio Door has emerged as a beacon of artistic resilience, providing a platform for mid-career and professional artists to flourish.

In a world where the term "starving artist" is often synonymous with the pursuit of creative passions, The Studio Door has defied convention. Beyond being a gallery, it has pioneered an artist-run business model, showcasing the tangible possibilities of sustainable art careers. As the creative community expands, The Studio Door is not just creating art; it is crafting a legacy unparalleled in the region, embodying the belief that art is a powerful vehicle for creating the world we want to live in.

The Studio Door is a vital visual arts gallery nestled in San Diego, distinguished by its 17 working studios that provide artists with practical spaces to create and showcase their work. The gallery hosts monthly community events, both within its premises and in the vibrant Mural Alley, fostering a dynamic connection between artists and the public. Renowned for its signature annual events, The Studio Door presents The Crow Show and the LGBTQ+ PROUD+ exhibition, offering a platform for artists to showcase their diverse creative voices. 

Beyond the gallery's storefront, owner Patric Stillman is the driving force behind a continuous surge of creative commerce, professional development, and marketing endeavors aimed at amplifying the visibility and success of local artists. This commitment to supporting artists extends beyond the traditional gallery setting, making The Studio Door a hub of not just visual arts but also a thriving community of artistic commerce and growth.

THE YEAR AHEAD - Looking forward, 2024 appears to be a banner year with expanded programs and innovative collaborations. As of the date of this publication, Calls for The Studio Door’s national shows are opening. Dates and detailed information for additional Exhibitions, Programs and other opportunities will drop over the next few weeks on The Studio Door website

Gallery Exhibitions - Art sales remain central to The Studio Door’s operations, offering mid-career and professional artists a vital space to showcase possibilities for sustainable art careers. Notable exhibitions include the monthly curated gallery exhibits, the 10th Annual The Crow Show, 7th Annual LGBTQ+ PROUD+ and 2nd Annual ART+ LBGT History Month. 

The gallery has already confirmed collaborations with The Bureau of Queer Art (Mexico City, Mexico), La Onda Arte Latino (Border Artists), Lambda San Diego Archives, historian Mike Balaban and artist Kevin Winger

    • Now in the Gallery thru January 13, 2024: The Studio Door Curated Artists 
    • January 19 - February, 24, 2024: La Onda Arte Latino Exhibition
    • March 1 - 24, 2024: 10th Annual The Crow Show
    • April 4 - 27, 2024: Special Curation by Kevin Winger

Also, expect eyes to be raised as the gallery holds its first body and sex positive museum-styled fine art Erotic Art Exhibition to arrive next summer.

Artist Professional Development - Recognizing that creative vision needs practical support, The Studio Door continues its commitment with 17 artists' studios, 6 rental exhibition spaces, and new initiatives like the Transformation Artist Lab workshop with RD Riccoboni and Patric Stillman. Newly expanded Artist Professional Development mentoring, including gallery exposure, ensures artists thrive in a competitive and evolving creative landscape.

Community Collaborations - Deeply connected to its Hillcrest neighborhood, The Studio Door will continue to actively engage in community development, participating in Hillcrest First Thursdays in Mural Alley and reporting on San Diego Arts for The WORD San Diego.

Programs - In the ever-changing landscape of the art community, adaptation is key. Art spaces must transcend traditional programming to remain relevant. Recognizing the imperative for innovation, The Studio Door actively promotes education, provides enjoyable experiences, recognizes artists, and champions experimentation. Three exciting new programs are set to enhance the community, empower artists, and ensure the continuous growth of the arts in the region: the monthly Painting with the Masters workshop series featuring Patrick N Brown, Joan Hansen, RD Riccoboni, and Andre Rushing; Art Shack, a weekly LGBTQ+ artist hangout; and the Stillman Art Prize, a prestigious award celebrating the achievements of San Diego queer artists.

Exclusives - Marking a decade of insights, The Studio Door will launch two exclusive web series on LinkedIn and online for Artists and Patrons, along with a commemorative book, sharing knowledge and celebrating its journey as an artist-run space.

The Studio Door's 10th anniversary heralds not just a milestone but a continuation of its transformative impact on the local art scene, embodying a commitment to artists, community, and the enduring power of the arts.

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